What is the best way to ask for more money?

Amazon / Other
frydchiken

Amazon Other

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Beyondsoft Corp
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Business Analyst
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Mar 6, 2018 14 Comments

I’m an L4 Business Analyst at Amazon making 135K+ total comp with over half in stock. My base salary is low and I want more cash. But how do I justify asking for more money when payscale says I make 100% more than most BAs in same industry and w same years of experience?

How would you approach this conversation? A lot of my colleagues have been hearing, “your total comp is really high this year because of stocks, so no raise for you.”

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  • Amazon AjU5
    Let me get this straight. So you’re making half of your total comp in salary and half in stock (likely thanks to the stock going up). Your research indicates other people in your role/level make about half what you do. So, they make in total what you make in salary.

    And you want more salary. Why? What’s your argument? Amazon is already overpaying you (that’s the benefit of staying with the company and the stock going up). And your salary alone is apparently already competitive. Unless you can explain why you want a salary bump, you just sound greedy.
    Mar 6, 2018 4
    • Amazon OTdS88
      Who cares if he's greedy? None of us deserve these salaries, the market dictates what we're worth. If he's worth more, he should make more.
      Mar 6, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      “Deserve” is really the wrong concept to be used in a free market.
      Mar 6, 2018
    • Amazon AjU5
      @OTdS88

      “If he's worth more, he should make more.”

      The OP states that he’s already making well above market value.
      Mar 6, 2018
    • Amazon OTdS88
      @instandidl , i should have put deserve in quotes, thats the point i was trying to make. Deserve, greedy, etc dont make sense in this context. Youre worth whatever someone is willing to pay.
      Mar 6, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Amazon.com
    It’s Amazon..

    You’re only really gonna get a noticeable base increase if you get TT or promoted
    Mar 6, 2018 3
    • Amazon JezzBefos
      Silly question but what is TT in this context?
      Mar 6, 2018
    • Amazon / Ops
      frydchiken

      Amazon Ops

      BIO
      Business Analyst
      frydchikenmore
      OP
      It is top talent or top tier? Basically your OLR rating.
      Mar 6, 2018
    • Amazon JezzBefos
      Thanks!
      Mar 6, 2018
  • LinkedIn factorial!
    No money. You give?
    Mar 6, 2018 0
  • Netflix fs92
    Leave for another company and tell them it was because of pay
    Mar 6, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Mgmt
    sanon

    Amazon Mgmt

    PRE
    Amazon
    sanonmore
    If you are valuable you can go out and get an external competing offer. But you need to be willing to follow through to make that happen.

    Alternatively, persistently let your manager know you are disappointed with your base and they can adjust over time. Unit of measure being years.

    Just asking without a strong reason for management to act will not lead anywhere.
    Mar 6, 2018 0
  • Thumbtack Xcfh6jr
    Yea I don’t get it. You’re making market base and double than market in TC w stock. Why should they pay you more?
    Mar 7, 2018 0
  • Amazon banan
    Level to a 5
    Mar 6, 2018 0

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